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This edition: November 2005 edition

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Original tape date: November 17, 2005.

1/ Brassai
Every époque has a few some artists who define what the time and place were. Shakespeare is Elizabethan England. Micheangelo is the Italian Renaissance. And for many people, Brassai is 20th century Paris. His photos record more than reality. They touch the soul of the city, its moods, its tones, its eccentricities, and its ways of seducing the world into loving it. A new biography explores Brassai's achievements as an émigré Hungarian artist who refused to set limits on his photography. Author Diane Poirier shares with CANAPE what she discovered by looking at the works and talking to those who know him.

2/ The Tournees Program
Once upon a time in a land without DVDs and cable television in dormitories, students hiked across campus for screenings of films from around the world run by film societies. And, of course, anybody with any sense camped out for the Renoir or Truffaut retrospectives. Times change. Students may now swop pictures from cellphone to cellphone. But French films are still on campus thanks to The Tournees Festival project. Xavier Merlin from the Centre National Cinematographique tells CANAPE about this decade old success story.

3/ Laurent Garnier
It all began as moonlighting in the late 1980s. Laurent Garnier was working at the French Embassy in London. Apparently, it wasn't a thrilling gig. He began DJing in the lively club scene in Manchester. In the past fifteen years his work has expanded to include producing and globetrotting to find new mixes for the songlist. He's now considered one of the most creative and influential artists on the international dance club scene. CANAPE samples his recent work The Cloud Making Machine.

4/ African Diaspora Film Festival
What do Algeria, Haiti, Quebec, Morocco, and Senegal in common? One answer, of course,is a French colonial past. The French language continues to infuse their cultures. Much less obvious is the fact that they all produce movies about their past and their present. While you may not find these films at the multiplex, you can see them at the 13th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. Co-founder of the celebration of Black cinemas Diarah N'Daw-Spech gives CANAPE an overview of what's on screen.

5/ Martinique Festival Day
In the Caribbean, small islands can offer big surprises. In fall 2005 Martinique decided to share with New York a surprising day of its music, its arts, and its friendly neighbors. At B.B. King's Club in Manhattan the sounds of the French and Kreol speaking Atlantic world sets hips swaying and feet moving. The popular musical style zouk is unique because it attracts artists who choose to sing in French, Kreol, English, or - why not? - all three. Singer Jeff Joseph from Dominica tells CANAPE about the music he loves.

6/ Judgment of Paris
In late spring 1976 a young American journalist in France went to an obscure wine tasting looking for a little story with an American side. What he got was a big story about a new American revolution. This was the great wine revolution. At that tasting two California wines took the top prizes. It was the equivalent of a cultural earthquake. How did it happen? How could it have happened? And what has it meant? The journalist from that tasting George Taber talks to CANAPE about his book with the answers.

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